Boulder Travel Guide

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Boulder Highlights

  • Pro
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     Mountains galore 

  • Con
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     Lacks city atmosphere of Denver to the south or the scenery of RMNP to the north 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Happy Little Town 

Boulder Things to Do

  • Take a walk with Theatre-Hikes Colorado

    Great for families and anyone who is an outdoor enthusiast and has a passion for the arts! Theatre-Hikes Colorado will bring a close to its second season here in Colorado with Bram Stoker's classic tale, Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu, adapted by Christopher P. Nichols. Just in time for Halloween, Dracula opens October 9th and runs October 9th,...

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  • Go Hiking in Chautauqua

    I loved going on a brief hike in Chautauqua. Be warned, if you are not used to the elevation you will run out of air quick, so be sure to bring water and a sweater/jacket because it is cool. It's nice to bring a lunch so that you can relax on one of the trails and continue going. I've gone on two trails, one leading up to a high elevation where...

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  • Snowball Fight

    If you are feeling hot in Boulder then drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and have a snowball fight. This will cool you down. The temperature drops 3.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet you travel up or 600 miles you drive north. When youdrive up Rocky Mountain National Park it is the equivelent of driving to the Arctic Circle in a couple of hours.

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Boulder Hotels

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Boulder Restaurants

  • Gorgeous view and delicious food

    Gorgeous view of Boulder, fine meal, excellent service, romantic atmosphere, truly a treat. The food flavors are unbelievable. The best dining experience I have had in Colorado. I had Yellowfin Tuna Tartar & Hamachi Shshimi and Colorado Lamb Rack, Loin & Braised Lamb Shank. TO DIE FOR.

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  • Upper end sushi

    I've been to many sushi joints over the world. Sushi Zanmai is on the higher end for quality and service. I came here with a couple of my friends as they recommended it.They have 4 private rooms for groups (rez recommended), otherwise dozens of tables for smaller groups.They will no doubt try to increase their tip by throwing rounds of free drinks...

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  • a break from the beer

    Man does not live on beer alone and brewpub food can get a bit repetitive. D & I love middle eastern food so when we were strolling around Boulder the day after our Boulder brewpub excursion and knowing we'd be eating dinner at yet another brewpub in Denver that night, we happened upon Falafel King. This very small eatery is right on Pearl Street...

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Boulder Nightlife

  • Great wine, great music

    Trilogy is a funky little spot in Boulder with tons of class and lots of style. It has the best wine menu in Boulder and some of the best appetizers on Pearl Street.Although the main theme for this tip is "eating and drinking," I've got to note that Trilogy brings in some of the best acts in all of Colorado in an intimate scene. I've mostly been to...

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  • concerts

    Right on the Hill, this place hosts national acts. It's a small, dingy place, but it sure seems like it has great atmosphere. pants are an absolute must

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  • Irish Pub

    My hopes were high and I was thirsting for a pint of Guinness. The Guinness was great, the interior was perfect, but I hit a bump in the road when I asked who was playing that night and the bartender replied "a Country Rock band" huh? in an Irish Pub?!?! WTF!luckily barkeep saw the look of sadness on my face and informed me they would have...

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Boulder Transportation

  • hop, skip, jump

    Growing up in Boston, I was used to being snapped at by bus drivers if I dared ask a question. Boulder is the complete opposite.The drivers are not only friendly, but informative. I had very little idea where I was going and the drivers always alerted me when I was at my stop, or when I might want to get off and explore an area. Always giving me a...

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  • Bike in Boulder!!!!

    Boulder has an absolutely amazing collection of bike paths, lanes, etc. that allow you to go just about anywhere in Boulder safely and, efficiently. Just as importantly, you will discover as many Boulderites have, that biking is much more fun than driving a car and trying to find parking. You can rent very good bikes at a variety of places but my...

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  • getting around usually means driving

    Boulder is located in north central Colorado. It is serviced by bus from Denver but getting around the area is probably done most easily in your own vehicle. The town itself is very bike friendly and mountain biking is very popular in the canyon surrounding town. Though it is not a true gateway town for Rocky Mountain National Park, it makes for a...

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Boulder Shopping

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  • Books

    A wonderful atmosphere for book shopping. Local books are plentiful. Local authors, local topics, outdoor activities. If you're looking for information about the Rockies and Colorado, this place has it.

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  • Wide selection of Rocky Mtn Artworks

    The walls are hung with photos and prints of all sizes. Throughout the shop, there are racks of pictures, counters with hand-crafted jewelry. There is a wide selection of photographs of the mountains. The colors are spectacular and the image wonderful. There is a wide range of prices. Many large size photos and prints (framed) will cost you...

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  • Good travel clothing

    I love Title 9's stuff even though it is kinda pricey. I get their catalog and pick out a couple of outfits , usually wrinkle free stuff that can be sporty or dressy, and wear the outfits during my travels. The amount of things they offer is limited but hey how much do you need? I splurged when I visited Boulder to save on those pesky s&h...

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Boulder Local Customs

  • More than just snowboarding

    Boulder has one of the highest percentage of acedemics anywhere. Boulder University is one of the largest in the Western United States. The rest are going to have to go a long way to upstage CU.

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  • Mind the leash

    There are almost as many dogs in Boulder as people. Be mindful that not all trails allow dogs, and even those that do may require a leash. Some trails allow off-leash dogs but they must have a voice-and-sight tag to be off-leash. Within the city limits, all dogs are required to be on a leash and dogs, even on a leash, are not allowed on the Pearl...

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  • The Library

    Boulder has one of the highest per capita residents with college degrees in the U.S. The library is a reflection of this. Built in 1999, this library is a work of art. Top of the line internet, and a huge selection of books, magazines and newspapers from the world. The fact that it has a view of the creek on one side, and the mountains on the other...

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Boulder Warnings and Dangers

  • West Nile

    We don't have many mosquitos, but the ones we have appear to be extremely good hosts for this viral infection. Make sure to wear insect repellent if you are going to be near water, or out in the evening or early morning. Mosquitos start in late summer and last until the first freeze (about...

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  • Mountain Lions

    We've had a lot of mountain lion activity in Boulder this year. They follow the deer down into town and then attack pets that are left outside. So far this year, one cat and one pet goat have met their demise. The Division of Wildlife says the whole west side of town is mountain lion habitat. If you are hiking with small children, make sure that...

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  • drink water - altitude sickness

    Drink plenty of water when you are driving around Colorado. You can get altitiude sickness at any time, but especially during the first 48 hours or so of your adjusting. Water, water, water! :)

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Boulder Tourist Traps

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    by Teledude Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Tough one. Boulder is getting more touristy every year. Even the Pearl st area has it's t-shirt shops et al. But, compared to other towns, it's not that bad-yet. There is still plenty of local flavor and even if you do hit a chain-you might not notice it. 28th st is like Anytown U.S.A so avoid it at all costs-unless you want to shop at K-mart/McDonald's/Burger King/etc. The main thing is to get out and walk or ride as Boulder's auto traffic is nasty-at times almost like Southern California (try getting across town at 5 pm weekdays or anytime on a weekend at that time!) It is often faster and more rewarding to take one of the many pedestrian paths around Boulder.

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Boulder What to Pack

  • Sunglasses a must

    Colorado brags of 300 sunny days per year. In addition, the high altitude and low humidity means relatively little protection from ultraviolet rays. Bring sunglasses that protect against UV, and don't forget the sunscreen. Sunscreen, mosquito repellent The mountains are stunning, but fancy equipment is tough to carry while climbing the...

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  • Enjoy Yourself & Avoid Embarassing...

    Bring good hiking boots. Sneakers are not good enough. It is very painful limping down from a hike with a sprained ankle. It is humiliating to be rescued by 25 overly enthusiastic boulder rescue volunteers.It goes from hot to cold here very quickly. Wear Layers: You want capilene, light or heavy weight or a similar fabric that wicks away moisture...

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  • Dress in Layers

    Hiking boots, Fleece, clothes you can layer. People here are obsessed with these rubber shoes called "Crocks." lip balm! carry it everywhere and have it at all times. Also - sunblock!!! A "Camelback" or water bottle for hiking

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Boulder Off The Beaten Path

  • Drive A Little Outside Boulder

    Theres a great town called Lyons about 10 minutes from Boulder. There's a cute little downtown, plus you can go tubing down the river. If you eat there, please go to Oskar Blues. One of my favorites places. It's a great halfway point between Boulder and Estes Park. Keep in mind: in late July, it's a madhouse because of the crazy awesome bluegrass...

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  • Pamper yourself at this amazing getaway

    On our last trip to Boulder in February we were so stressed from work, school, and the frigid Boston weather we decided to spend a day pampering ourselves at a resort spa about an hour from Boulder, up in the mountains. It was a great decision! The Gold Lake Resort is no ordinary spa - while they do offer a dazzling array of pampering delights, the...

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  • Eldorado Canyon State Park

    Another option for rock climbers is Eldorado Canyon State Park. This park , which is located just outside of Boulder, also has plenty of climbing routes.

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Boulder Sports & Outdoors

  • Climb the Flatirons

    Climbing is one of the main reasons that Boulder is ranked as “America’s Number One Sports Town” by Outside Magazine. The Flatirons at Chautauqua Park have some of the best climbing in Colorado. The Third Flatirons is world famous.

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  • Boulder Creek tubing

    Boulder creek is one of the most popular and exciting tubing rivers in America. Get a tube and wear your shoes.

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  • go hiking

    Boulder has hundreds of hiking trails of all levels. Most are well marked. People are always hiking with their dogs, and are very friendly. The views are just spectacular. It's a great way to get a work out. Hiking boots

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Boulder Favorites

  • don't drink the water, drink the beer

    Boulder is a very cool town. If you like the great outdoors and an alternative flair, it's one place you might like to call home. One of its assets is great beer. Home to many small craft brewers, if you enjoy good beer, you are bound to enjoy Boulder. One place to not miss is Avery Brewing. It's quite possibly Colorado's best and right in Boulder....

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  • find the deer

    One morning I woke up and looked out my window to see a deer looking back at me. I quicly grabbed my camera and went outside. I saw there were three, a buck and two fawns. They looked at me then went back to foraging. From less than 20 feet away, I watched these deer for 20 minutes before they moved on. I only wish my camera took a better shot, If...

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  • beware the white man

    It always shames me when I read of how the Native American's were forced off their land and killed off by the white man. Chief Niwot wanted to be peaceful, and was killed off just a few years after the white man arrived. There are several monuments in his honor here. Stop and read up on him.

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